Harden is known as the most prolific scorer in the history of the NBA. He has also been labeled as the best shooting guard in the league.
For most of his professional career, he played for the Houston Rockets. He was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the 76ers. James has also represented the United States in international events including the 2012 London Olympics.
James was born James Edward Harden, Jr. on August 26, 1989. He is the youngest of three kids and he is a devout Christian. Harden is known for his trademark beard, which he started growing in 2009.
He is also a part-owner of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. He is endorsed by Adidas in a deal worth $200 Million.
James stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He is usually in the shooting guard position, but he also plays point guard.
He is a left-handed player and he holds the record for the highest all-time left-handed scorer in NBA History. He was named by ESPN as the Best Shooter in the NBA for the 2010s.
James is known as one of the most dangerous scorers in the entire NBA.
High School and College Career
Harden attended Atresia High School in Lakewood, California. In his junior year, he helped lead his team to win the California state title. They won again during his senior year.
In 2007, he was named a McDonald’s All-American. He also was named to the Parade All-American second team.
He was recruited by Arizona State University to play for the Sun Devils. He was named to the All-Pac-10 after his freshman year. After his sophomore year, he was again named to the All-Pac-10 and he was also named the Pacific 10 Conference’s Player of the Year.
He declared for the NBA during the 2009 Draft and he chose Rob Pelinka to be his agent.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Harden was the third-overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
During the 2009-2010 season, he had a high three-point percentage, the fourth-highest in NBA history for a player under 21. He also made the most consecutive three-point scores by a rookie since Michael Dickerson.
For his rookie year, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In the 2010-2011 season, Harden scored an average of 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
In the 2011-2012 season, he was awarded the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. He was instrumental in helping the Thunders reach the 2012 NBA finals. They lost to the Miami heat.